Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 05-05-2011, 10:33 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Purevil21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,863
I seek the wisdom of the tang police!

My LFS just called me. A customer of his just returned a 250 gallon tank, and he wanted to know if I wanted it instead of the 180 I have on layaway. Same price, just went to look it over, looks brand new. So now comes the question, I know the golden rule is 6 feet, but the tank is 4x3x3. Are there any tangs that would be able to thrive in a tank of that dimension, if so I may jump on the chance, the setup is beautiful. Melosu, I know your out there, haha.
__________________

__________________
It's been real AA.
Purevil21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,462
You will be fine, the width and height make up for any differences in length. By the way, 36" in height won't be fun in terms of regular maintenance and adjusting any decor, coral, etc
__________________

Innovator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 10:47 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Crepe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 2,332
That'll be fine 4 x 3 x 3 is a really weird dimension... Really really tall. You're going to need some REALLY big 400 watt MH lights for a reef.
__________________
Crepe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 11:03 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Gti_Leo's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Toronto,Ontario
Posts: 3,021
those dimentions are off a little bit, that would add up to about 270 gallons

would be a pain to maintain. the glass is probably 1.5 thick and with require a supppperrrr strong mag float. and also a snorcal for you to be able to aquascape it. also a pain to light it.

i personally would stick to the 180
__________________
Gti_Leo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 11:55 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
hackteck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,628
Send a message via AIM to hackteck
your gonna need Shaquille O'Neal to aquascape for you its soo big lol

__________________
hackteck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 12:13 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Purevil21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,863
Lol, yeah I suppose it is larger than 250. I verified the measurements at the store, it is 4x3x3. I was figuring if I put it in the middle of a wall I could access it from three sides. As far as aquascaping I was thinking two "islands" on opposing corners with corals in the open spaces between. It is a much nicer setup than the 180 for the same price, so Im torn. I know the 180 would be easier, but that tank would be a real center piece. lol
__________________
It's been real AA.
Purevil21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 12:14 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Purevil21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,863
Do you think I could keep a regal tang in it?
__________________
It's been real AA.
Purevil21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 12:47 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Purevil21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,863
Im doing a little more research now, I really think I am going to go with the large tank. For 1500 it comes with everything, sump, pump, has dual overflows, skimmer, the only thing I will need to buy is lights. It has some High efficiency T5 lights, but that isn't going to support a reef. It is going to take some crazy halides to get that much light penetration, I was thinking maybe two four foot halide/ T5 combo fixtures. Even if I can't keep a regal, naso or orange shoulder, I think I could be happy with a couple of yellow tangs and some other reef safe fish.
__________________
It's been real AA.
Purevil21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 12:55 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Crepe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 2,332
I'd get like three 300-500 watt halides. Some with 20K bulbs others with just 14K and T5s for actinic.
__________________
Crepe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 12:59 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Purevil21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,863
Lighting is going to set me back some $$$, but this is going to be my end all be all tank. I promised my wifey. lol No more complaining about my tank being too small for what I want to keep.
__________________

__________________
It's been real AA.
Purevil21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tan, tang

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hide and go Seek flip0204 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 05-04-2009 11:34 AM
Wisdom Teeth Menagerie Aquaria Off-Topic 26 04-26-2005 01:01 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.